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Zero score accepted answers: more than 10 and 25% of total

Is it possible delete my answers with positive points, and then undelete them? What will happen if delete and then undelete an accepted answer - will the "green thick" remain? Has anyone tried to cheat this way?

I won't try this but wondered if it's possible.

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marked as duplicate by Martijn Pieters, Lance Roberts, hims056, ben is uǝq backwards, apaul34208 Nov 3 '13 at 17:49

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You can only delete 5 posts per day AFAIK – juergen d Oct 28 '13 at 11:07
@Some: Neither of those two point out that you cannot delete accepted answers, making the whole question moot anyway.... – Martijn Pieters Oct 28 '13 at 15:02
@MartijnPieters A quote from this answer FYI: you can't delete an accepted answer. – Some Helpful Commenter Oct 28 '13 at 15:53
@SomeHelpfulCommenter: ah, check. VTCed as a dupe of that question. – Martijn Pieters Oct 28 '13 at 17:34
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First of all: you cannot yourself delete your answers that are marked as accepted:

deleting accepted answer denied

If you do delete a lot of answers, you'll first run into the rate limit: you can only delete 5 posts per day. Secondly, your account will automatically be flagged for moderator attention, and someone will come and investigate why you are deleting so many posts in a short time.

So you cannot reach the badge criteria by deleting accepted answers with a positive score anyway, and even if you could, you'd attract some close scrutiny, likely leading to some time in the penalty box and the badge revoked manually.

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Curses, foiled again! – Asad Saeeduddin Oct 28 '13 at 11:10
must admit that I never tried to delete accepted answer.... – npocmaka Oct 28 '13 at 11:14
Also, even if he could delete the accepted answers, deleting and undeleteting wont reset the votes. – hims056 Oct 28 '13 at 11:14
Also, if a mod deletes an accepted answer and undeletes it, the tick magically returns if the OP hasn't changed it iirc – Manishearth Oct 28 '13 at 11:32
Badges are not revoked manually that easily. Only a dev can do that, and as far as I can tell it's REALLY rare. – Shadow Wizard Oct 28 '13 at 13:45
@ShaWizDowArd: From the How do badges work FAQ: The Stack Exchange administration has stated repeatedly that "regular" badges never go away unless they were obtained by heinous cheating. I'd say that if you were able to get a Unsung Hero badge by deletion, that'd qualify. – Martijn Pieters Oct 28 '13 at 13:50

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